|Best coffee ever!|
I am not going to bore you again with how and why I decided to go back to the Key West Half, you can read that here. What I am going to bore you with, is the fantastic time I had in Key West this past weekend.
|Full moon at the beach|
The drive through the keys was pretty uneventful since it was dark and we couldn't see too much. Our hotel in Key West turned out to be super nice with a great pool/bar scene. We hit up Duval street for some food and a drink. We found a place having karaoke which was AWESOME.
The next morning Ang and I did our half marathon shake out together. Every time we go on a trip together, I realize more and more why we are such great friends. She just gets me and running is just as important to her as it is to me. It wasn't even a second thought, just "when is our run gonna be on Saturday." Her wardrobe also like mine consists of mainly running related apparel and like me I don't think I saw her apply makeup a single time. <3<3
|I found a new pet on our shake out run|
|Southern Most Point|
Race morning was super early for me. Since I'm currently training for the Austin Marathon, coach felt it was best to train through this race especially given it's in a very different climate that I'm not currently acclimated to. That said, he wanted me to run a total of 20 miles including the race. He was going to have me do a few before and a few after however I requested to not have any after due to the free post race beer. I mean I do have priorities. This meant I had to get 7 miles in and be ready for the 7 am start. Ugh, early wake up for me! But I did it and it was fine. I did have to cram a lot of crap in my pack though which made for a little bit of annoying thing during the 7 miles. I felt ok during the 7 but I was definitely sweating my ass off even though it was still dark. It was definitely pretty humid. I just kept thinking "How am I going to run 9 miles at MP like coach assigned during the race??" But you never know until you try.
|using my knuckle lights in the dark|
|kinda hot after the warm up|
Eventually Ang found me sitting on my ass drinking beer. First order of business was getting her some then we got some post race food. We had a great time listening to music and obviously drinking lots of beer. They also had some kind of raffle based on race numbers going on and I won a Hemingway prize pack. It was a pretty sweet prize that included a beautiful water color, stone mug, a Hemingway book and some key lime coffee. So despite my actually running not going as well as I had hoped, it was still tons of fun and I couldn't be more glad I made the trip down there especially to hang with Ang.
We got to spend a bit more time together the rest of Sunday and then we set off early Monday morning so she could drop Kate and I back off in Miami. Then she carried on driving back to Iowa (yes we reminded her ALL weekend how much easier flying would have been, haha).
|Key Lime Pie Cruisers|
|Love these girls!!!|
|<3 my angie <3|
All in all, I thought the race was well organized, with a nice, scenic course. There were a few changes from the 2014 race however I felt they were all good ones. The expo was much improved, there were more aid stations, more volunteers working them and I felt the post race party was waaaaay better. In 2014 there were free drinks however I remember having to wait in line forever just to get one let alone the ten I had this year. They definitely had the system down pat. Also the quality of the beer was REALLY good, come on, I know that's very important to you guys! Even though I've done this race twice, I would go back in a heartbeat. It's definitely worth the trip down plus then you get to enjoy all Key West has to offer. It makes for a great runcation, even with the higher temps and humidity, still worth it.
Now I'm back home in cloudy, rainadelphia....so depressing....back to trying to train my ass off for Austin which is next month. Since I didn't do an end of the year or beginning of the year blog, I'll just list out what I have so far this year:
April-- Philly Hot Chocolate 15K
May -- D3 24 hour race, Sharon Hill, PA
July-- likely Jahorina Ultra in Bosnia (shorter one this time!)
October-- Chicago Marathon
Not much yet but I think it will be best to focus on getting another 100 mile PR at the 24 hour race and a BQ at the Chicago Marathon. I still may end up adding some more things in there as the year progresses but those are my main focus. I also will have a lot of non-running things to take care of in the upcoming months as 2017 is a big year for the Dedics so I do not want to over do it on the races until we are settled. And I do imagine once we are settled in our new home in Boulder, Colorado (YAY!!!!) there will be LOTS more races on the list.
Sneak preview of what our running life will look like in the near future: